Friday Links & Lovely Things

psychology journalsNeighborhood Find of the Week: One of the more underrated benefits of living in New York City is that people put the craziest stuff out on the sidewalk and the sanitation department will haul it away (this is how we got rid of the ugliest couch in the world without hauling fees!).  That is, unless some treasure hunter snatches it up first. It also means you sometimes find great entertainment when you come across others’ disposed items. When I saw this person’s psychology journals waiting for the recycling I kept thinking, “Got Issues?”

Now, on to things you are interested in….

Apparently there is some sort of Occupy Advent event taking over the web because Pinterest is inundated with ideas. These are a few worth checking out:

  • has a picture of a road on a wall surrounded by little advent houses. I can’t describe it. Just visit the post. (It’s in Danish German, but that’s okay.)
  • NurtureStore has 24 printable jokes for advent. Genius! This is what we’re doing this year.
  • Advent is traditionally celebrated by lighting candles each Sunday rather than by eating a tiny piece of chocolate 24 days in a row. I love these kid-made advent candle holder covers at Pysselbolaget. (It’s a Swedish site, but directions are in English.)
  • These free, printable advent calendar buildings at Mr. Printables are both colorful and modern… if you have the time to put them together.

Blog of the Week: Co-hosting The Children’s Bookshelf has afforded me the opportunity to discover new blogs. Moms Gone Global, dedicated to raising globally-aware, enlightened kids is one of them. Her post, How Community Gardens Can Help Kids Go Global, reminded me why I love being part of a community garden.

Books of the Week:

Mom:  Days of Blood & Starlight
Kiddo:   The Legend of Diamond Lil
New Kid: Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons

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  1. Jenny says

    I love posts like this! So many links to click, which lead to more- what a nice way to start the day. I found these sites that look interesting-
    by clicking around on ones you linked to. I ordered The Legend of Diamond Lil and the new Pete the Cat from the library too- thanks for a great post. And your joke did make me smile! :-)

    • Mom and Kiddo says

      The Legend of Diamond Lil is the second in the series, so be sure to check out The Trouble with Chickens, too, which was the first book. And thanks for enjoying my joke. LOL.

  2. jen says

    I think the one is in German, not Danish (unless my Danish is a whole lot better than I thought it was!). I love the advent candle idea – we do the 4 advent candles as well and a german advent calendars which doesn’t have chocolate!

    • Mom and Kiddo says

      Thanks for the correction, Jen. I obviously know neither Danish nor German! And we don’t do chocolate advent calendars, either. That would lead to a lot of whining for more. New Kid has a HUGE sweet tooth and I find it best to avoid it as much as possible.

    • Mom and Kiddo says

      You’re welcome! And good luck with the printables. I’ve pretty much reached my maximum craftiness just by printing out the advent jokes. I have yet to cut them out so I’d better get moving on that.

  3. says

    I don’t know if we are taking over the web, but we do try to have a strong presence. You can find us with a simple search on facebook and twitter as we prepare for the holy season of Advent.
    Thanks for the mention!
    Occupy Advent

    • Mom and Kiddo says

      This is so funny because I didn’t even know there was an “Occupy Advent”! I just made it up because of the masses of advent calendar ideas I’ve been seeing. Thanks for enlightening me!

  4. says

    Too-too funny on the previous comment! I admit that I love December with everything it brings… including my birthday :) Advent houses look pretty neat!

  5. says

    Occupy advent, lol. Some people are so clever with advent calendars. I love the ones you featured. We try to steer clear of candy filled ones too. I had them as a child and they aren’t the first thing that stands out when I think of family Christmas traditions. What I do remember are the special Christmas church services, crafts, baking, and fun things like going for a tree that I remember.

    • Mom and Kiddo says

      Yes, I avoid the candy calendars because as soon as the candy is gone, the whining starts! I do remember the advent calendar I had when I was a kid, though, because my mom embroidered it and now that is the one we use.

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